Julia Blundon

Julia Blundon, Halifax, Nova Scotia Music Therapist

Julia Blundon (she/her) was born and raised in British Columbia, where her deep passion for music took root, shaping a trajectory dedicated to connecting with others through musical avenues. She would go on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a minor in Music from Bishop’s University (Quebec) specializing in classical voice, and complete her training in music therapy through the Graduate Diploma program of Music Therapy at Concordia University (Quebec). Currently, Julia is on track to attain her master’s in music therapy at Concordia, with plans to defend her research thesis in April 2024. Her thesis, focuses on creating a guideline for a music therapy program to address sundowning in persons living with dementia living in long-term care facilities, using intervention research design.

Through her music therapy training and diverse practicum experiences, she has developed a therapeutic approach that emphasizes creating a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore and express themselves, be it virtually or in person. Her internships included working with children with various needs in a daycare, persons living with dementia in various settings, as well as experiences in palliative care, oncology, hematology units at a hospital, and a mother and infant bonding music program. These varied experiences have equipped her with the skills to assess and address unique client needs, delivering evidence-based music therapy tailored to their requirements.

Beyond her academic and professional pursuits in music therapy, Julia presented at the 48th annual Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) conference and a virtual Zoom panel, sharing her experiences as a research assistant for Dr. Laurel Young in two studies. Her research focused on exploring older adults’ perspectives in collaborative online group music activities and understanding the social needs and perspectives of older adults with developmental disabilities in an Art Hive context.

Julia moved from Montreal to Halifax in the summer of 2023 and is thrilled to be living amongst such a vibrant community. A highlight of her experiences on the East Coast so far has been joining the Halifax Camerata Singers.

Email: [email protected] Phone: 1-800-827-3120 ext. 103